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    MM St Vincent - anyone changed the pots?

    Bought the MM SV and love how it looks and plays but just cant get on with the lack of treble/sparkle (coming from an all Fender JM/Tele/Strat owner) and to my ears sounds like a guitar stuck on the tone wound down by half. Really like the mini humuckers so not interested in changing them just boosting the treble/top end without having to use eq pedal or winding the treble up on my Fender amp. So my question..

    Has anyone successfully changed the pots from the 250k to 500k and if so has it made much of a difference - good or bad? I see from another message board someone was trying this but not clear whether possible with the terminal board/wiring that MM use in the guitar. I want to go get this done professionally but after some guidance to give the repair shop etc if anyone can share their exp etc.

    Also any of you changed the tremolo to floating? And no I'm not trying to recreate a strat ;-)

    Cheers

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    You can try it, but you aren't gonna get the jangle/sparkle of single coil pickups out of humbuckers, even mini humbuckers.
    2007 Stingray 5 HS Cherry Burst / Maple FB / 3 Band EQ / Ceramic Pickups
    2012 Stingray 5 H Pearl Blue / Rosewood FB / 3 Band EQ/ AlNiCo Pickup
    2012 Steve Morse Morse Blueburst / Rosewood FB
    2012 Luke III SSH Vintage Sunburst / Rosewood Neck

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    It's possible, but it will require finding the values you want in the physical configuration that matches the ones in there. Then you desolder the posts from the through-hole solder points and solder the new ones in there.

    On the soldering, you'll need an iron with decent enough temperature control that can dump enough heat in there fast enough so you don't damage the board by holding the iron on too long. This will mostly be a problem with the ground/case contact that leads to the pot. I'd use metal clips to sink some of the heat on the back side.

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